Visiting Vice Chairman of China's Central Military Commission Xu Caihou and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates agreed here Tuesday to further the bilateral military relationship and cooperation in a stable and healthy way.
During their meeting at the Pentagon, Xu told Gates that through joint efforts of both sides, a positive momentum has been maintained in the development of relations between the two great nations.
In April, Chinese President Hu Jintao and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama reached an important consensus at their meeting in London to jointly build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive relationship between the two nations for the 21st century, ushering in a new phase in their bilateral relations, he noted.
They met again in New York in September, and fully endorsed the current direction of the development of China-U.S. relations, Xu said.
US. Defense Secretary Robert Gates (L) and Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the People's Liberation Army Central Military Commission, listen to national anthems during a welcome ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington October 27, 2009. Gates called for lasting dialogue with China's military after years of "on-again, off-again" talks.
A sound China-U.S. relationship, one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world, not only conforms to the fundamental interests of the two peoples, but is also conducive to peace, stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large, said the Chinese general.